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Introducing the SMC’s new director – Dacia Herbulock

Peter Griffin posted in on February 23rd, 2018.

As the Science Media Centre gears up to mark a decade of working at the heart of science and media, it also looks to the future with new leadership. Dacia Herbulock will take over as the new director of the Centre on March 26. A former documentary maker and radio journalist for RNZ, Dacia is […]

Get your science journalism projects funded

Peter Griffin posted in on June 12th, 2017.

A new fund to support science-related journalism projects is now taking applications. The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund is offering grants of between $500 and $10,000 for projects exploring science-related issues of importance to New Zealand. The independent fund is the first of its kind in New Zealand, the brainchild of Dr Rebecca Priestley, […]

New SMC team member – Tessa Evans

Peter Griffin posted in on October 14th, 2016.

Tessa Evans this week joins the Science Media Centre team from Australia, where she has been presenting forensic science workshops in high schools around Australia from Cairns to Perth. Our new media coordinator will help take key services like and SMC Picks to the next level. A Kiwi by birth, Tessa did her undergraduate science […]

New media advisor for SMC

Peter Griffin posted in on July 7th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre welcomes a new staff member, Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor, as our new media advisor. Sarah-Jane takes over from John Kerr, who finishes on July 8 after five years in the role. John is heading to Victoria University in Wellington to study toward a PhD on the psychology of science communication and we wish him well […]

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Bizarre deep-sea creature washes ashore in Dunedin

Peter Griffin posted in on April 17th, 2015.

The Otago Daily Times reports that a rare serpent-like specimen, known as an oarfish, has been found on the beach in Aramoana, Dunedin. Department of Conservation service manager David Agnew said in his 20 years with DoC, he had never seen anything like the 3 metre specimen. Director of the Otago University marine studies programme […]

Otago University scientist helps shed light on greatest mass extinction

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2015.

Extreme volcanic activity and ocean acidification were responsible for the worst mass extinction in history, according to an international research team including a University of Otago scientist. In a paper published last Friday in the leading journal Science, the team described how 252 million years ago extreme volcanic activity caused the oceans to absorb huge amounts […]

Going public at the New Zealand Association of Scientists annual conference

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2015.

‘Going public’ was the theme at the New Zealand Association of Scientists annual conference, held last Friday at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wellington. A huge variety of speakers were on show at the event, from the scientists themselves (NZAS President Nicola Gaston and Royal Society President Sir David Skegg) , to the […]

Plans for human ‘body transplant’ met with scepticism

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2015.

An Italian surgeon’s plan to perform the first ‘full body transplant’ on a human has been met with scepticism. Published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Dr Sergio Canavero recently outlined his plan to graft a living person’s head onto a deceased donor body. A 29 year-old Russian man, suffering from a disease which slowly wastes […]

Expert on brain training video games

Peter Griffin posted in on September 6th, 2013.

Playing brain-training video games may help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilities among older people, according to scientists who published their research in Nature this week. As The Guardian reported: “They found that 60-year-olds who played a custom-designed video game for 12 hours over the course of a month improved their multitasking abilities to levels better […]

SMC moves to new base at Royal Society HQ

Peter Griffin posted in on August 30th, 2013.

The Science Media Centre has relocated from its tiny base on Wellington’s Manners St to the Royal Society of New Zealand’s recently renovated headquarters in Thorndon. The move sees the SMC, an independent unit administered by the RSNZ and funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, now operating out of the nation’s key […]

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